All trends

The ruling elite

Lukashenka scrambles to secure the loyalty of public officials whilst security forces step up pressure on protest groups

September 7 – September 13

Popular support for public institutions continues to reduce whilst Lukashenka retains control over the edifice of power

August 31 – September 6

The authorities promote constitutional reform amid purges in the edifice of power

August 24 – August 30

The Belarusian authorities focused on demotivating the strike movement, whilst loyalty of the edifice of power, security and government officials remained under threat

August 17 – August 23

Senior administration officials remain loyal to Lukashenka; however, unity is fraying, and cracks are appearing in the edifice of power

August 10 – August 16

The incumbent president has promised five years without economic reforms and reiterated a promise of a constitutional reform

August 3 – August 9

Enhanced electoral populism further deteriorates the state of public finances

July 27 – August 2

The National Bank somewhat loses its positions as the president makes attempts to revive the economy

July 20 – July 26

The Belarusian authorities reiterate the referendum issue; the state aims to task private banks with aiding the public sector

July 13 – July 19

The state has promised enhanced support for the public sector and simultaneously increased pressure on the private sector and the media

July 6 – July 12

Authorities mount repressions leading to further backsliding in terms of human rights and political freedoms

June 29 – July 5

The Belarusian authorities turn a blind eye to the people’s needs and start pumping money into the economy

June 22 – June 28

The president went off on banks and entrepreneurs; authorities encourage optimism in the public sector

June 15 – June 21

New Belarusian government will focus on supporting the public sector; law enforcers target private business

June 8 – June 14

Government reshuffle: security forces enhance their role in the economy

June 1 – June 7

The President is strengthening the state’s role in the economy aspiring for loyalty among public sector employees

May 25 – May 31

The Belarusian authorities have somewhat strengthened public support for vulnerable groups

May 18 – May 24

The President will strengthen support for the public sector, including pay rises for its employees before the elections

May 11 – May 17

The state will focus on supporting the public sector of the economy, providing minimal assistance to the private sector

April 27 – May 3

Сonfusion is growing among the ruling elite; authorities bolster censorship

April 20 – April 26

The Belarusian authorities continue preparations for the presidential elections; the state further pursues controversial policies in addressing the coronavirus pandemic

April 13 – April 19

The state information policy on COVID-19 is a failure, the government delays anti-crisis measures

April 6 – April 12

The Belarusian authorities further pursue inconsistent coronavirus information policy and tighten economic regulation

March 30 – April 5

As the government is working on an anti-crisis plan, the authorities mount pressure on independent media

March 23 – March 29

The Belarusian authorities have not proposed systemic measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and economic downturn; law enforcers resume repressions

March 16 – March 22

The state counts on business in ensuring social guarantees; law enforcers relax pressure on the opposition

March 9 – March 15

Government has abandoned plans to pump cash into the economy and is promoting privatization in the regions

March 2 – March 8

Lukashenka has announced pension reductions; the government aspires to improve the investment climate

February 24 – March 1

The Belarusian authorities enhance support for unprofitable sectors; law enforcers maintain a stronghold in the economy and staffing policy

February 17 – February 23

The President shapes the pre-election information policy for the state media; law enforcers show willingness for tough actions during the election campaign

February 10 – February 16

The president has strengthened economic populism and two-way communication with the population

February 3 – February 9

The broad opposition coalition has agreed the procedure to nominate a single candidate, so far, Paval Sevyarynets is their favorite

January 27 – February 2

The president further mobilizes executives and security forces for the upcoming presidential campaign; the government fuels the public sector

January 27 – February 2

The president started campaigning in the regions; law enforcers make further efforts to curtail protests

January 20 – January 26

Authorities resume repressions; the president declares no changes in the economic policy

January 13 – January 19

2019 Review: A significant setback in the election administration and modest economic transformations

January 6 – January 12

Law enforcers attempt to moderate protests; the government takes a loan from China to relax social tension

December 16 – December 22